A Derry-based medical company has launched the first online social media service to help combat diabetes.
To mark World Diabetes Day on November 14, local compnay, Marble Hill – which is owned and managed by retired medical practitioner Dr Maria McGee – have unveiled the world’s first online foot checker.
Changes in the condition of the feet of people with diabetes can have significant consequences for their health, and this new social media service reminds people of the importance of daily foot checks.
The Twitter based service – @dailyfootcheck – also offers tips for long-term foot care.
Dr Magee said she hoped that the free service would reduce the number of amputations among people with diabetes.
“When Marble Hill first launched in 2006, we never thought that one of our products, PediSalve, would receive such recoginition from podiatrists across Ireland.
“Knowing that it has been of great help to the well-being of people being treated for diabetes, we decided that we would develop a service which would offer more support in this area.
“While regular foot checks are a necessity, research has revealed that people aren’t making it a part of their daily regime.
“With this in mind we have developed, the first of its kind, a daily foot check,” she said.
Dr McGee explained that the service would remind people of the importance of checking their feet.
“When people sign up on our Facebook or Twitter, they will receive daily notifications to remind them to check their feet along with tips and advice on what to look for.
“We really hope that this free service will be of benefit to people across Ireland and beyond,” she said.